Faculty: Executive Education

Executive Education Faculty

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Johns Hopkins Carey Business School recognizes wholeheartedly that our most valuable asset is our award-winning, industry-leading faculty. They are researchers, practitioners, thought-leaders, publishers, problem-solvers, innovation-drivers, and boundary-pushers. They are on the cutting-edge of their industries, and they are eager to meet you.

Instructors personally develop the courses they teach. As such, they are ready to engage with you, learn with you, and work with you. They are instructors, mentors, classmates, supporters, and business partners.

Get to know our faculty before you meet them. See detailed bios below.


Federico M. Bandi, PhD

James Carey Professor in Business, Carey Business School

Federico M. Bandi, PhD, joined the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School in 2009. As a professor in the research track, he focuses on financial econometrics, continuous-time asset pricing, and empirical market microstructure. He holds a PhD in Economics from Yale University. Learn more about Federico Bandi.


Kathleen M. Sutcliffe, PhD

Bloomberg Distinguished Professor, Carey Business School, School of Medicine, School of Nursing

Kathleen M. Sutcliffe, PhD, is the Bloomberg Distinguished Professor of Business and Medicine at Johns Hopkins University. She researches how organizations and their members cope with uncertainty and unexpected surprises, and how organizations can be designed to be more reliable and resilient. She is currently investigating these issues in health care as well as in wild-land firefighting, oil and gas exploration, and other dynamic high-risk industries. She holds a PhD in Management with a focus on organizational behavior and theory from the University of Texas, Austin. Learn more about Kathleen Sutcliffe.


Goker Aydin, PhD

Professor, Carey Business School

Goker Aydin joined the Carey Business School in January 2017 as a professor. His research is driven by the demand and supply uncertainty facing both retailers and their suppliers. Prior to joining Carey Business School, Goker served on the faculty of the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University and the Department of Industrial and Operations Engineering at the University of Michigan. He received his PhD in Industrial Engineering from Stanford University, MS in Industrial Engineering from Purdue University, and BS in Industrial Engineering from Bogazici University in Turkey. Learn more about Goker Aydin.

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Ge Bai, PhD, CPA

Professor of Practice, Carey Business School

Ge Bai, PhD, CPA is a professor of practice of Accounting at the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School and associate professor of Health Policy & Management at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She is an expert on health care pricing, policy, and management. Dr. Bai has testified before House Ways and Means Committee, written for the Wall Street Journal, and published her studies in leading academic journals such as the New England Journal of Medicine, JAMA, JAMA Internal Medicine, Annals of Internal Medicine, and Health Affairs. Her work has been widely featured in ABC, CBS, CNN, Fox News, Los Angeles Times, NBC, New York Times, NPR, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and other media outlets and cited in government regulations and congressional testimonies. Learn more about Ge Bai.

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Brian Gunia, PhD

Professor and Associate Dean for Academic Programs, Carey Business School

Brian Gunia joined the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School in 2011. He is a Professor and the Associate Dean for Academic Programs. Brian studies three ways that people commonly jeopardize their careers: by acting unethically, negotiating ineffectively, and sleeping insufficiently. Instead of focusing on self-defeating choices themselves, however, he focuses on simple, theoretically-motivated measures that might enable individuals to act more ethically, negotiate more effectively, and sleep longer or better. Brian is the author of a negotiation blog called Life's Negotiable and a negotiation book called The Bartering Mindset. As Associate Dean for Academic Programs, Brian works with faculty and staff to ensure curricular excellence across academic programs. Prior to joining academia, Brian worked as a consultant at Deloitte.


Mario Macis, PhD

Professor, Carey Business School

Mario Macis, PhD (Economics, University of Chicago) is a professor with research interests in the areas of health economics, prosocial behavior, morally controversial transactions, global health, experimental economics, development economics, and labor economics. He is also associate faculty at the Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and Faculty Research Fellow in the National Bureau of Economic Research. Macis has been a consultant for the World Bank, the International Labor Organization, the National Marrow Donor Program, and the United Nations Development Programme. Learn more about Mario Macis.

Lasse Mertins

Lasse Mertins, PhD

Professor of Practice and Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs, Carey Business School

Lasse Mertins, PhD, (Virginia Tech) is a professor of practice at the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School. His expertise is in the areas of financial statement analysis, managerial accounting and performance assessments. He is a certified management accountant. Before his academic career, Mertins worked as a management accountant in the food industry. He has published his research in many scholarly journals such as Journal of Business Ethics, Journal of Management Accounting, Journal of Accounting Literature, Advances in Accounting, and Issues in Accounting Education. Learn more about Lasse Mertins.

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Yuval Bar-Or, PhD

Professor of Practice, Carey Business School

Yuval Bar-Or, PhD, (University of Pennsylvania) is a Professor of Practice at the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School since 2014, where he teaches a variety of investments, risk management, and corporate finance courses. He has lectured extensively on the subjects of decision making, risk management, and financial literacy and held senior roles at KMV, S&P, and Algorithmics.

His corporate roles included senior product and project management responsibilities. He is the author of seven books, and the founder of the Pillars of Wealth financial literacy initiative for doctors. Learn more about Yuval Bar-Or.


Steven D. Cohen, PhD

Professor of Practice, Carey Business School

Steven D. Cohen, PhD, is an accomplished scholar and dynamic trainer whose research focuses on persuasive communication and effective presentation skills. He has been quoted in publications such as the Financial Times, Slate, Huffington Post, and New York Magazine and was featured in the BBC Radio documentary, “Churchill’s Secret Cabinet.” He has authored two books—Public Speaking: The Path to Success and Lessons from the Podium: Public Speaking as a Leadership Art—and is the editor of Speaking for Success: Readings and Resources, a collection of essential articles on the art of public speaking. Prior to his academic career, Cohen was an assistant vice president and team leader at Bank of America and a senior strategy consultant at IBM Global Business Services. He holds a PhD in communication from the University of Maryland and a master's degree in public policy from Harvard University. Learn more about Steven D. Cohen.

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Stacey Lee, JD

Professor of Practice, Carey Business School

Stacey Lee, JD (University of Maryland School of Law) joined the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School in 2008. She is an professor of practice with expertise in the areas of business law, health law, and negotiation. Learn more about Stacey Lee.


Christopher G. Myers, PhD

Associate Professor and Faculty Director of the Center for Innovative Leadership, Carey Business School

Christopher G. Myers, PhD (Management & Organizations, University of Michigan) is an Associate Professor and the founding Faculty Director of the Center for Innovative Leadership at the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School, and holds a joint faculty appointment in the School of Medicine (Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine). His research explores questions of learning, leadership development, and innovation in organizations, specifically examining how people learn vicariously from others’ knowledge and experience at work. He focuses in particular on studying health care organizations and other knowledge-intensive work settings. Prior to joining the faculty at Johns Hopkins University, he was an Assistant Professor of Organizational Behavior at the Harvard Business School. Follow him on Twitter @ChrisGMyers.


Supriya Munshaw, PhD

Senior Lecturer, Carey Business School

Supriya Munshaw, PhD (Computational Biology & Bioinformatics, Duke University) joined the Carey Business School faculty in 2013. She is a senior lecturer in the practice track with interest in technology transfer and commercialization of early-stage technologies. At Carey she has taught several courses including Discovery to Market, Biotechnology and Pharmaceuticals, Statistical Analysis, Business Leadership and Human Values and, New Product Development. She is one of the founders and organizers of the Johns Hopkins Bootcamp for Biomedical Entrepreneurs. She advises and works with local biotech and medtech startups, has served as adjunct faculty for the NSF I-corps program and has served on NIH SBIR grant review panels. She also serves as the chair of the Committee on Diversity and Inclusion for faculty and staff at Carey. Learn more about Supriya Munshaw.

Jordan Rippy

Jordan Rippy, PhD, CPA

Assistant Professor of Practice, Carey Business School

Dr. Jordan Rippy, Ph.D., CPA joined Carey Business School in 2018 as an Assistant Professor of Accounting in the Practice Track. After practicing as a CPA at Ernst & Young in New York and Dallas, she earned a Ph.D. in accounting at the University of Alabama. Her teaching interests are in financial, managerial, and forensic accounting. Learn more about Jordan Rippy


Colleen Stuart, PhD

Associate Professor, Carey Business School

Colleen Stuart is an associate professor of management at the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School with expertise in the areas of collaborative work, social networks and diversity. She holds a PhD in Organizational Behavior from the University of Toronto. Her research has been published in several academic journals, such as Organization Science and The Academy of Management Journal, as well as featured in The New York Times, The Financial Times, and The Huffington Post. Learn more about Colleen Stuart.


Adriano Pianesi, MBA

Adjunct Professor, Carey Business School

Adriano Pianesi has 20 years of leadership development, team coaching, and change experience built on capacity development, possibility thinking, and sound strategy. A member of the Society for Organizational Learning, Pianesi holds an MBA in Communication and Group Dynamics from the University of Milan. Pianesi trained at Harvard Business School, Harvard Kennedy School, and the Art of Hosting, where he refined his repertoire of experiential and innovative teaching practices. His consulting practice has helped leaders work for change by harnessing the powers of conflict, diversity, and complexity. Among his clients are Microsoft, Philip Morris International, the World Bank Group, Rotary International, Pan-American Health Organization, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, NASA, U.S. Marine Corps. Learn more about Adriano Pianesi.

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Carly Ackley, PhD

Executive Education Faculty and Director of Client Solutions, Carey Business School

Carly is a higher education professional with over 15 years of administrative and teaching experience in business schools in the Mid-Atlantic. As both a university administrator and instructor, she has spent her career researching and teaching leadership development. Most recently her work has been focused on coaching and executive education and she holds certifications in both executive and career coaching. In addition to her work as a practitioner, she has taught courses in leadership development and theoretical and practical ethics at the Smeal College of Business at Penn State and at Johns Hopkins University. Carly earned her PhD and MEd from the The Pennsylvania State University and has been published in peer-reviewed journals and has written book chapters on leadership in the social and environmental justice space.

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Julie Cady-Reh, MS, MBA

Executive Education Faculty, Carey Business School

Julie Cady-Reh, MS, MBA, Certified Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt, JH Bloomberg School Doctorate in Public Health Candidate, has served in senior level administrative leadership and faculty roles within the Johns Hopkins University and Health System for 14 years. She currently serves as joint faculty for the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (Health Policy & Management) and the Carey Business School (Business Analytics & Risk Management). Julie has decades of experience across a multitude of industries including Healthcare, Manufacturing, and Higher Education. Inside and outside of the classroom, Julie shares her passion by helping others, with strong focus on skill development in Healthcare Services Delivery and Leadership, Enterprise Risk Management, Operations, Strategic Planning, and Continuous Improvement. She has also consulted a wide array of non-profit organizations within the local Baltimore City community and currently serves on the Board of Directors at The St. Paul’s Schools in Brooklandville, MD. Julie is a published academician, authoring papers designed to assist departmental leaders and clinicians with the application of translational research in healthcare services delivery. Her innovative work in product development and manufacturing at Xerox Corporation is recognized through a U.S. Patent: Systems Using On-line Liquid Characterization Apparatus.

Alexa Chilcutt

Alexa S. Chilcutt, PhD

Executive Education Faculty, Carey Business School

Dr. Alexa Chilcutt delivers executive education courses on the topics of interpersonal and team communication, presentation skills, and impression management and executive presence. Alexa is the co-author of, "Engineered to Speak: Helping You Create and Deliver Engaging Technical Presentations" published by Wiley IEEE PCS Professional Engineering Communication Series. She has also published in MedEdPORTAL, Journal of American Dental Association (JADA), Association of General Dentist's Impact magazine, Public Relations Journal, and Georgia Academy of General Dentistry's Explorer magazine. Dr. Chilcutt was an Associate Professor and Director of The Public Speaking Program at The University of Alabama from 2010 - 2021 and has served as the Communication Instructor for UA's aeronautical and mechanical engineering NSF funded Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program since 2011.

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Laurie Churchman, MFA

Executive Education Faculty, Carey Business School

Laurie Churchman is the principal of Designlore. She has 30+ years of corporate and non-profit design experience recognized by AIGA, Communication Arts, Creativity, and How Magazine. She brings design to community and civic challenges in Philadelphia, as well as writes curricula and teaches in Jefferson University’s MS in Health Communication Design. She was named an AIGA Fellow in 2009. Laurie has a BS from UD, an MFA from Yale and completed AIGA/Harvard Business School Design Leaders program.


Erik Helzer, PhD

Executive Education Faculty, Carey Business School

Erik Helzer, PhD develops and applies psychological, organizational, and behavioral science insights to understand the cultivation of practical wisdom for leading in organizations. His research focuses on three facets of practical wisdom: ethical behavior and moral judgment, self-knowledge, and personal agency and adjustment. He is an Associate Professor of Management and Organizations at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA.

Erik brings an interdisciplinary perspective to his work. His research has been published in a number of top-tier journals including Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, Psychological Science, Theory of Research in Education, Academic Medicine, and other outlets. These and other papers have influenced research and practice across a variety of disciplines, including philosophy, healthcare, education, and leadership, helping to advance knowledge on a diverse set of problems, both academic and social.

As an educator, Erik has taught in both academic and professional settings. His teaching spans a range of topics in organizational behavior, including ethical leadership, judgment and decision-making, and difficult conversations. He has worked with a number of organizations to offer custom programs for employees on these and other topics, providing knowledge and practical skills that are grounded in behavioral science.

Erik received his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Philosophy at Oregon State University and then moved to Ithaca, New York to complete doctoral studies in Personality and Social Psychology at Cornell University. He completed postgraduate training at Wake Forest University and was an Assistant Professor of Management at the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School before joining NPS in 2020.

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Nicole Ja, PhD

Executive Education Faculty, Carey Business School

Nicole provides innovative consulting that leverages human-centered design, as well as research and evaluation tools and techniques to build the capacity of people, organizations, and communities to create change. She holds an MA and PhD in Developmental Psychology from Cornell University. Nicole’s research has focused on self-development, motivation, and social connectedness, and has been featured in Journal of Counseling Psychology, Journal of Youth and Adolescence, Health Education Research, and Psychology Today.

Within the Design Thinking world, Nicole leverages the unique strengths inherent within people, organizations, communities, and systems, helping to identify untapped resources, unexplored territories, and new opportunities that unlock the potential for innovation. She engages stakeholders in human-centered approaches that help them move beyond routine patterns and ways of thinking towards an expansive mindset that includes playing with ideas and solutions and creating a plan for hacking growth and development.

As an Executive Education faculty at the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School, Nicole teaches open-enrollment and customized workshops that include Designing Professional Change, Designing Personal Change, Design Thinking for Innovative Problem Solving, and Designing Wellness. Her teachings have also been offered as part of the Carey Business School’s Academy for Women and Leadership, as well as the Academy for Emerging Leaders. Email: nja1@jhu.edu

Kenna Kay

Kenna Kay

Executive Education Faculty, Carey Business School

Kenna Kay is a creative strategist at the intersection of visual design, communications strategy, and branding. Previously she was the V.P. Creative Director of Brand at TV Land, MTV Networks and Creative Director at Nickelodeon. She is on the faculty of the School of Visual Arts, Masters in Branding, has taught at Columbia University and Parsons School of Design and has been a guest critic and visiting lecturer at The Cooper Union, Izmir Ekonomi Üniversitesi in Turkey, and Shenkar College in Tel Aviv. She earned her MS in Strategic Communications from Columbia University. She believes that the most effective way to create positive change is to clearly communicate the ideas that can make a difference.

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Anna Fitzgibbon, MBA

Executive Education Faculty, Carey Business School

Anna Fitzgibbon is the Founder and Owner of OutGrowth. As an experiential education expert, Anna is a die-hard advocate for immersive programming and a re-imagined approach to professional development. With experience traveling and working in over 25 countries, she earned her MBA from The Johns Hopkins Carey Business School, and has a professional background in program development and facilitation (design thinking, corporate team-building and wellness, project-based learning, higher education), sustainable community development and co-creation, event management, and outdoor education.

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Erica S. Perl

Executive Education Faculty, Carey Business School

Erica S. Perl is an expert on creating concise and effective written communications. She holds a JD from Tulane Law School and a BA from Hampshire College. Prior to becoming a full-time writer and writing instructor, Erica worked as a trial attorney, served as a Vice President at First Book, a national nonprofit social enterprise, and ran her own editorial consultancy. In addition to being on the Executive Education faculty at the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School, Erica is a faculty member of the Vermont College of Fine Arts MFA in Writing Program. She is also is the author of more than forty books, as a solo author and with co-authors including Dolly Parton and R.J. Palacio.

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Danielle Piccinini Black, MPH, MBA

Executive Education Faculty, Carey Business School

Danielle Piccinini Black is the Academic Lead for Design Thinking for Innovation at the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School—Executive Education, and Design Innovation Lead at the Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs. She leads the development and implementation of design thinking research, workshops, and co-creation internationally to address emerging public health and business needs, and uses that experience to enhance her design thinking courses. Danielle holds an MPH from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and an MBA from the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School. She also served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Niger and South Africa. Email: danielle.piccinini@jhu.ed.

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Quinetta Roberson, PhD

Executive Education Faculty, Carey Business School

Quinetta Roberson, Ph.D. is the John A. Hannah Distinguished Professor of Management and Psychology at Michigan State University. Prior to her current position, she was an Endowed Chair at Villanova University and a tenured professor at Cornell University. She has been a visiting scholar at universities on six continents and has more than 20 years of global experience in teaching courses, facilitating workshops, and advising organizations on diversity, equity, and inclusion. Dr. Roberson has published over 40 scholarly journal articles and book chapters, edited a Handbook of Diversity in the Workplace (2013), and is a TEDx speaker on the “Science of Inclusion”. Her research and consulting work focus on developing organizational capability and enhancing effectiveness through diversity, equity and inclusion, and is informed by her work experiences, having worked as a financial analyst and small business consultant prior to obtaining her doctorate.  She earned her Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior from the University of Maryland and holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in Finance.

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Kalahn Taylor-Clark, PhD, MPH

Executive Education Faculty, Carey Business School

Kalahn Taylor-Clark, PhD, MPH is Vice President and Head of Strategic Partnerships and Innovation at Myovant Sciences. In this capacity she oversees patient centered advocacy and digital innovation. Her team is responsible for driving transformative advocacy in the areas of women’s health and prostate cancer, addressing health equity, and advancing digital innovation strategies to improve patient experiences and outcomes.

Prior to this post Dr. Taylor-Clark served as the Global Head of Patient Centered Outcomes and Innovation at Sanofi.  In this post, she served as the strategic patient lead to global business units in the US/EU, China and Emerging Markets, across all therapeutic areas of the company. Taylor-Clark’s work helped the company to develop, measure, amplify and adapt solutions based on key stakeholder input (e.g. patient advocacy groups, scientific societies and community-based organizations).

Dr. Taylor-Clark also served as a Senior Advisor to the Center for Health Policy, Research and Ethics and Assistant Professor in Health Administration and Policy at George Mason University, where she provided strategic guidance on the development and evaluation of patient and consumer engagement activities for a range of stakeholders, including: private and public payers, hospital and integrated health systems, business groups, and policy leaders. Previously, she served as the Director of Health Policy at the National Partnership for Women and Families, where her primary responsibilities were in providing strategic direction on a range of activities related to delivery system and payment reform, including: quality measurement, reduction of health disparities, patient and consumer engagement in patient-centered care delivery and the effective use of health information technology (HIT) to improve patient-reported outcomes measurement. From 2007-2011, Dr. Taylor-Clark led the Patient-Centeredness and Health Equity Portfolios in the Engelberg Center for Health Care Reform at the Brookings Institution in Washington D.C.

She holds a BA in International Relations from Tufts University, an MPH from Tufts School of Medicine, and a PhD in Health Policy from Harvard University. She serves as a Member of the Board of Trustees for Tufts University, and as President of the Board of Directors at Prevention Institute in Oakland, CA.  Dr. Taylor-Clark is an adjunct professor at the Carey School of Business at Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Taylor-Clark has also lived in Japan, Ghana and France, and is proficient in French.

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